"He feels good," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "We’ve still got to play it by ear (on whether be ready to start season). It’s going to be close. But we’re not going to do anything foolish to speed it up for one start to make it work. We’ll do what’s right for him and for us."
Minor hasn't faced hitters yet and will likely throw batting practice before he appears in a spring game. The Braves won't need a fifth starter until April 12, so it could afford Minor the opportunity to get ready for the start of the season.
"It’ll be close," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The good thing that we have going for us is that we could bump him all the way to the back to buy us some time."
"It's just a walking boot," Davis said. "Nothing crazy happened. ... Hopefully I'll get two weeks of games in before the season starts. I can still get a lot of ABs."
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Stults surrendered two runs on five hits and one walk over 3 1/3 innings of work in a 2-2 tie. He has allowed eight runs over 6 1/3 innings pitched this spring.
Hernandez surrendered a run-scoring double to Robinson Chirinos in the second, a run scoring double to Prince Fielder and a two-run double to Adam Rosales in the third inning. He was charged with four runs on four hits and one walk while striking out four over 2 1/3 innings pitched. He has allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings this spring.
Lewis allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one over two innings pitched. He has allowed two runs over 2 2/3 innings pitched this spring. Tepesch coughed up three runs on eight hits and one walk over two innings. He has allowed three runs through his first five innings of work this spring.
Kershaw allowed a two-run shot to Brandon Hicks in the second inning. The left-hander permitted two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out one over five innings pitched.
Kershaw, set to be one of the two starting pitchers in the Australian series, has allowed 10 runs over his first nine innings of work.